IKYFL! We’re all human and make mistakes, but to be the President of the United States and make THIS kind of slip up in front of a predominantly black audience- is pretty embarrassing. This year the Congressional Black Caucus was held September 20-24 in Washington, D.C. and the recipients for the Phoenix Awards included hip-hop […]


Follow The Beat On Twitter:  Sign Up For Our Newsletter! On behalf of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, Ludacris  has been granted two things that every superstar thinks about at least once in their career. His own personal day in Hollywood , plus a golden star on the Walk of Fame. Two Decades later the […]

The 65th Annual Grammy Awards provided some of the most memorable moments in music history! From Stevie Wonder and Chris Stapleton giving us the collaboration we didn’t know we needed, to First Lady Jill Biden making a surprise appearance AND giving away the first ever ‘Song for Social Change’ award, there was so much to […]

James Todd Smith aka LL Cool J stepped onto the music scene in the mid 80s with his hit single, “I Need A Beat,” this single and Def Jam put them both on the trajectory to stardom. The New York rapper over the course of his almost 3 decade career has proved that he’s a […]

LL Cool J is launching his own classic hip-hop station, titled Rock The Bells Radio, on SiriusXM. The legendary rapper announced the exciting development on Wednesday, March 28. “If you wanna be a fly on the wall in the world of classic Hip Hop, SiriusXM’s ‘Rock the Bells Radio’ is for you,” Cool J said during […]

Follow The Beat On Twitter: A big birthday shout out to LL Cool J. He was born James Todd Smith on January 14, 1968. Now what does that mean? Well it means that LL Cool J is now 50 years old. A huge milestone age wise. Sign Up For Our Newsletter! He commented “great day […]

The hip-hop legend sits down for a candid interview about his life for Oprah's Master Class.

Follow The Beat On Twitter: LL Cool J will be the first rapper to receive a Kennedy Centre honor this year. Lionel Richie, Gloria Estefan, Normal Lear, and Carmen de Lavallade will also be awarded. The Kennedy Center awards is an annual ceremony that celebrates art figures for their contribution to American culture and society. […]

Maia Campbell was best known for playing Tiffany in the LL Cool J-led sitcom In the House. Along with a few notable roles in the ’90s and 2000s, Campbell later became known for her drug habits, many run-ins with the law, and struggling with bipolar disorder. Campbell was reportedly clean and sober for a few years. […]

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NeNe Leakes is never not working. The reality star went above and beyond to pay homage to RuPaul on the latest episode of 'Lip Sync Battle'.

LL Cool J recently made the news for his Kanye-esque rant on Twitter about how great of a legend he is and what he’s brought to the game. Then, to the shock of many, he announced his retirement from hip-hop. Turns out, the whole production was a setup to announce a new album from the lip-licking […]